Good Deal or Not? “Charming 1870 home. Flat screen conveys.” edition

This home is located at 1824 11th St, NW:

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The flier says:

“AN ENTERTAINER’S DREAM IN THE U STREET CORRIDOR, Charming 1870 home with period details & modern conveniences. 2BR+den, 1.5 BAs, 11-ft. -hi ceilings, orig crown moldings, wide-plank pine flrs, pocket drs, exposed brick, wood-burning FP, Viking range, wine chiller, cutting-edge kitchen, dual zone HVAC, spacious slate patio plus gated pkg for two cars. Flat screen conveys.”

You can find more info here and photos here.

$799,900 sound right for this 3 bed/1.5 bath?

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  • I think that might be a little high for a 1.5 bath.

  • wow patio and 2 car parking! woW!

  • It is probably priced right for the area. It certainly photographs well, but I suspect it isn’t as large as it appears in the photos.

  • It looks very attractive… but it seems a little misleading for the Redfin info to state on the one hand “Bedroom Information – 1st Upper Floor Beds: 3,” and then go on to say: “Room Level Information – Master Bedroom: Upper 1; Bedroom #2: Upper 1; [. . .] Den: Upper 1.”

    It’s a den, not a third bedroom (I’m sure if it had a closet they would’ve listed it as a bedroom). And from the photo, it’s TINY.

    • I had the same reaction. Where’s the third BR?

      I think this house is priced high for the area, marble bathroom notwithstanding.

  • Love it! If I was in the market to buy and had the $, I would jump on this…

  • Love the location, love the house.

  • I think it is a little much for a 1.5 bath, even near U Street.

    What I want to know is who are these people who buy fully remodeled homes (like this one was) then turn around 2 years later and sell.

    I know people buy and move all the time, and plans change but I’ve always thought it was a little weird to purchase a property (especially at this price point) then turn around and sell it the next year.

    Even if these folks get their asking, they are going to lose $~60K in transaction fees (realtor/transfer taxes/settlement)over what they paid for it.

    • I don’t know. U Street commands pretty high prices these days, which I think is surprising considering the area isn’t fully developed. I would guess this seems about right – they might get less, but it seems like an appropriate price point to list at.

  • How can they say “flat screen conveys” and not even show us a photo of said flat screen? I wanted to see if it really was that special. What a tease!

    • It sounds so splashy, but it’s peanuts compared to the $800K they want for the house. A TV worth a couple hundred bucks should hardly figure into someone’s decision about this house.

      • Exactly my thought. A flat screen — even a giant and really high end one — is something like $2500. (And more likely, given the speed at which TV technology is rendered obsolete, it’s probably something more like a couple hundred bucks.) On a financed 800k transaction, it’s an odd thing to emphasize.

      • I was sort of joking, but it seems like if they’re going to put that in the headline, they should show it.

  • Went to the open. I think it is great, and it should sell near list. I actually think it could go as high as 820s. I think it was listed a bit low.

    In short, great buy I think.

  • What’s up with “Has basement; cellar” in the Redfin listing? Is it an actual, habitable basement – or something that can be further developed/finished? That would be nice.

  • It’s not habitable. It spans probably the front 2/3 of the house, and is maybe about 6-7 feet in height. There is a lot of storage down there, but in its current incarnation, not habitable.

    It’s conceivable that you could dig it out to put more space down there. I haven’t done a dig-out before, but my understanding is that it is quite expensive given the structural engineering analysis needed, possible supports for the structure, and then the manual labor involved in actually digging it out. But, that would add a ton of value.

    Anyway, I was impressed at the open. As noted, the bedrooms aren’t large… but for a house in this location at this price, it is exactly what you’d expect. It has tremendous ceiling height on the first floor, and retains several original details that give it a lot of appeal. And the backyard is just fantastic. It’s a very deep lot.

    Frankly, I’m sort of surprised it’s still on the market. As a home owner in the area, I wish it had gone under contract already (like the place on Rhode Island a few blocks down).

  • Everything on this place screams quality. As for digging out the basement, it is possible, albeit expensive. I have friends with an old row over on the Hill and they had it done and now have an awesome finished basement. They had to dig an additional 3 feet or something below the original foundation and add to it.

    The end result is a thing of beauty, though! And in an urban environment more space = more $$$.

  • Places like this make me sad I can’t afford to buy a house anytime soon! I LOVE it!

  • It really seems to be 2 bedroom with one and half bath. Worth 760K, Nice staging but small rooms.

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